Six CELAC Medals at the 2017 World Athletic Championships after day 4

August 7 2017

Source:  IAAF medal table

At the end of day 4, CELAC countries have earned 6 of the 46 medals won by 26 countries.

Jamaica and Venezuela each have two medals, a gold and a silver, while Cuba and Colombia have a bronze and a silver respectively.

This places Jamaica and Venezuela as joint 5th position holders on the medal table while Kenya (5), Ethiopia (3) and South Africa (3) rank 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.

The CELAC medal winners are:

Jamaica: 

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Usain Bolt, bronze 100m

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Jamaica’s Omar McLeod added the world 110 metres hurdles title to his Olympic crown in London on Monday.  McLeod, 23, led from start to finish to take the title in 13.04 seconds from defending champion Sergey Shubenkov with Balazs Baji of Hungary taking a surprise bronze.

Venezuela

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Yulimar Rojas, gold, triple jump

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Robeilys Peinado, bronze (joint), pole vault

Source:  TeleSUR

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win. 

Pole vaulter Robeilys Peinado became the first Venezuelan to win a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The 19-year-old Peinado was the youngest athlete to compete in the competition. She was ecstatic at the historic win.

“It’s very unexpected,” said Peinado. “When my coach (the Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kalinichenko) was calling me to give me the flag, I did not believe it. He would tell me, ‘I can not be third,’ until I saw him and saw him on the screen.” she told El Nuevo Herald.

“I will not be able to sleep tonight,” she added.

Peinado shared the bronze with Cuba’s Yarisley Silva, both with a record of 4.65 meters. Peinado’s vault equaled her national record, Reuters reported.

“At first I was uncomfortable because I’m not accustomed to sharing a mat with such athletes. But now I am included in that group,” Peinado said.

“I met Yarisley when I started my steps on the pole, and now I’m sharing the podium with her. What more can I ask for? ”

Twelve athletes made it to the final round. Peinado qualified in third place with a score of 4.56 meters, according to the World Athletics Federation.

Cuba

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Yarisley Silva, bronze(joint), pole vault

Colombia

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Caterine Ibarguen, silver, triple jump

Usain Bolt’s injury a hot topic at Rio Olympics

Source: olympics.cbc.ca
Aug 05, 01:28 PM ET

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports

Jamaican sprinter is nevertheless upbeat as he eyes elite company with 9 Olympic track titles

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Usain Bolt is in Rio looking to make Olympic history but his attempt probably will be made at less than full strength.

How healed the sprinter is from a hamstring injury ahead of running the 100, 200, and 4×100 metre relay events will be a hot topic in Brazil.

“I’m not fully in shape. I need more work but over time I will be fine,” Bolt told reporters two weeks ago after winning the 200 in 19.89 seconds at the London Diamond League meet.

Hamstring tear

Five weeks ago at the Jamaican Olympic trials, the 29-year-old withdrew from the 100 just minutes before the final and also didn’t run the 200 because of a Grade 1 hamstring tear.

The problem is, hamstring injuries can linger if not given sufficient rest. Bolt was hampered by a hamstring injury and had foot surgery two years ago ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and an ailing right hamstring forced him to withdraw from Monaco Diamond League leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.

“Especially at the start of last year I noticed that injuries take a little bit more time to get back to where you want to be,” Bolt told reporters before travelling to Rio.

“I don’t think anyone on the planet, minus three or four people, probably know what Usain Bolt’s full diagnosis is,” Trent Stellingwerff, head physiologist for Athletics Canada, told CBC Sports.

Looking for Rio sweep

“I’ve seen people come back from hamstring issues and Grade 1 [tears] in a couple of weeks and been pretty good. It’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out.”

He didn’t show any ill effects at the recent London event, pulling away from his seven opponents after a decent start at the old Olympic Stadium.

The world record holder in the 100 (9.58) and 200 (19.19) is looking to sweep those events as well as the relay for a third straight Games. Bolt is already the only man to sweep them at consecutive Olympics. Should he sweep in Rio, Bolt would share the record of nine Olympic track and field titles with Finnish middle- and long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi and American sprinter Carl Lewis.

Nesta Carter

But Bolt’s name might not be put alongside Nurmi and Lewis for long if Nesta Carter, Bolt’s Jamaican relay teammate from 2008, is confirmed a drug cheat after it was reported in June that he had failed a doping test.

Among Bolt’s other career achievements:

  • 11 world championship gold medals, including the 100, 200 and relay tiles at the 2009, 2013 and 2015 events
  • Gold in the 200 and 4×100 at the 2011 worlds
  • At 15, he became the youngest world junior gold medallist after winning the 200
  • Two-time recipient of the IAAF World Athlete of the Year

In March, Bolt said he wanted to run sub-19 seconds in the 200 and was planning to win three gold medals at the Rio Games.

Justin Gatlin

There will certainly be no shortage of athletes looking to dethrone Bolt, who also won the 100 at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica, in June and a month earlier at the Golden Spike meet.

Justin Gatlin, who qualified for Rio with a 9.80 at the U.S. trials on July 3, vowed in February he would beat Bolt in Brazil. Victories in his only three Diamond League competitions this season has helped vault the U.S. sprinter to world No. 1 status entering the Olympics while Bolt is ranked Nos. 4 and 5 in the 100 and 200, respectively.

Bolt, however, holds a 7-1 career advantage over his rival and won the most recent matchup in the 100 at last year’s worlds with a time of 9.79, compared to 9.80 for the 34-year-old Gatlin.

Gatlin shows respect for Bolt

Adding to the much-anticipated Gatlin-Bolt showdown is their low-intensity war of words as the Games approached. Gatlin suggested, not strongly, that Bolt got preferential treatment by being allowed to skip the Jamaican trials.

Bolt laughed at the notion but at the same time was disappointed. In Rio, he would prefer to let his running do the talking.

“The more I run the faster I’ll get,” he said. “I always have little doubts in my mind [about my health] but I’m focused and ready to go.

“It’s going to be a long time, I think, before somebody comes who will be as talented as me to break my records.”

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Usain Bolt: I hope to run the race of my life in Rio

Source: marca.com
Updated 31/07/2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Sprinter not worried by recent injury

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When the 2016 Olympic Games kicks off on August 5, Usain Bolt will be thinking about one thing and that is running the fastest he ever has.

bolt in rio.jpgAlthough he already holds world records in the 100m and 200m competitions, the Jamaican hopes to run even quicker in Brazil.

“I hope to run the best race of my life in Rio de Janeiro,” he told MARCA at a recent lunch.

“[A world record] is the only title you can have which nobody disputes.

“In football there is debate about who is the best in the world, but nobody can debate who is the fastest.

“Personally, I think that my records will be in place for a long time.”

Motivation

The 29-year-old discussed what keeps him motivated to keep improving on his already-impressive feats.

“I don’t just want to be the best, I want to be the greatest,” he explained.

“To be the greatest you have to keep winning, and that’s what keeps me wanting to make further progress.

“I think it’s always fun to try to win and I think this sport needs me to win.”

Reflecting on the differences between the 2016 Games and his first Olympic win in Beijing in 2008, Bolt admits that the mind-set has changed.

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“Now the feeling is different as you feel you have to prove to yourself that you are still the best,” he said.

Injury

The sprinter was also asked about his recent injury and how that has – or hasn’t – affected his preparations.

“I feel good,” he said.

“I’ve been training more gently the past two weeks, but I’m happy to return.

“I had to visit the doctor [Hans Wilhelm Muller], I had to travel and I had to train, but now I feel better and I’m running without any problems.

“In Rio I will be in perfect condition.

“I was in very good shape before this injury so I’m not worried.”

Asked if he had ever contemplated the possibility of defeat, Bolt oozed confidence, while also acknowledging there are some impressive competitors.

“I won’t lose any gold,” he retorted.

I think every runner who goes to the Games is strong

“If my coach says I can go to the Games and that I will win, then I trust him.

“I think every runner who goes to the Games is strong.

“For example, this season Yohan Blake is back, and you can look at [Trayvon] Bromell as well, while [Justin] Gatlin is also be there and will be an interesting matchup.”

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Last Olympics?

One of the questions on many fans’ minds was also asked: could this be Bolt’s last Olympic Games?

Well, the runner and his sponsors aren’t ruling anything out.

“Whether or not this is my last Games will be decided by my boss,” he joked as he gestured to Puma CEO Bjorn Gulden, who was sitting to his right.

“I have a contract.”

In 20 years

Asked where he sees himself in 20 years, he admitted he isn’t yet sure.

“I think I will be attached to the world of athletics all my life,” he said.

“I hope to start a family and continue working in athletics by helping my team achieve its goals.

“I will continue with my clinics to help others.”

The athletics events at the 2016 Games will be held during the last 10 days of proceedings, from August 12 to August 21.

Usain Bolt Wins 100m Final – 9.79 Beijing 2015 World Championships

Beijing, China: Jamaican Usain Bolt trumped American rival Justin Gatlin to retain his world 100m title in spectacular style on Sunday. Bolt, also the double Olympic gold medallist and world record holder in the blue riband event, ran a season’s best of 9.79 seconds.

Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, was just one-hundredth of a second off Bolt, taking silver in 9.80sec with fellow American Trayvon Bromell and Canadian Andre de Grassse awarded bronze medals after both timing 9.92sec.

bolt wins 100m in bejing 2015 5Tempered applause rang hollow round a packed Bird’s Nest stadium when Gatlin, in a red one-piece suit, was introduced to the crowd.

Bolt, wearing lycra shorts and singlet in the green, gold and black colours of Jamaica, was placed in lane five, Gatlin in lane seven of the nine-lane track in the Chinese capital.

The towering Jamaican, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday, was greeted with massive cheers at the stadium in which he took the world by storm at the 2008 Olympics with a first treble gold — he repeated the feat in London in 2012.

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Usain Bolt wins the 100m at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing

Chants of “Usain Bolt” rang around along with acclaim for China’s Bingtian Su, Bolt raising his eyebrows at a classical piano rendition from a Chinese musician and checking out his beard as his face featured on the big screen.

In their first meeting over 100m since the last final in the Moscow worlds in 2013 when Gatlin also came in second to Bolt, the American actually suffered from a slower start than the Jamaican.

Gatlin, a renowned fast starter who hasn’t lost over 100m or 200m since 2013 and has set personal bests for both distances – 9.74 and 19.57sec – this season, pegged equal with Bolt out of the blocks.

Sandwiched between Mike Rodgers in four and Tyson Gay in six, Bolt, head down for the first 40 metres, moved into his “drive phase”, unbuckling his long, powerful legs, but didn’t dare look across the field until a savage dip at the line saw him win a memorable race.

With allegations of widespread doping dominating the build-up to the worlds, the Jamaican’s showdown with the sport’s pantomime villain Gatlin was portrayed by some as a symbolic struggle of light versus dark.

Gatlin has served two doping bans and since his return to action in 2010 has won 2012 world 60m indoor gold, London Olympic 100m bronze and Moscow world silver, and is currently in the peak of his form at the age of 33 on the back of an unbeaten streak of 28 races dating back to August 2013.

Although Bolt is the first to decry the idea that he is the “saviour” of track and field, global athletics chiefs will no doubt, at least in private, heave a huge sigh of relief at his win.

Source:  Bolt trumps Gatlin to retain world 100m title  timesofoman.com

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